Congratulations, you and your kids made it through another school year. While it is time to relax with your kids and enjoy the summer break, now is also the time to schedule your child’s back to school physical at Kids First Pediatrics.
Back to school physicals or check-ups, as they are commonly called, are often the only visit kids and teenagers have with their pediatrician every year. The annual physical gives your provider a chance to give the child a thorough physical exam that also addresses any emotional, developmental, or social concerns.
In addition to monitoring heart and blood pressure and testing for diabetes, pediatricians use this annual visit to discuss diet, exercise options, provide pediatric vision screenings, and testing for cholesterol and anemia.
It’s also a good chance to address important questions or concerns you have as a parent, especially with teenagers, including adolescent issues of substance use such as drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression.
Schools will require forms for proof of physicals, all of which you can find on our website. Having these forms filled out before you come into our office will help our providers and staff to decrease the turnaround time for the form to be completed.
Back to school physical appointments are booking up fast. Be sure to schedule your child’s appointment. Kids First Pediatrics of Raleigh: 919-250-3478, Clayton: 919-267-1499.
Article Source: Healthchildren.org: Back to School, Back to the Doctor
*This article is informational but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.